Learn about what the prerequisites are and some alternative pathways to make it into the Bachelor of Science.
If you didn’t study maths or science in Year 12, or didn’t get a high enough score, there are some other ways you can meet the prerequisites for a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne.
What are the prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science?
For the Bachelor of Science you need to have:
- A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL, and at least 25 in Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics, and at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
- A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL, and at least 25 in both Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.
Read more about the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science.
I didn’t study Mathematical Methods in Year 12. What can I do?
There are a few ways to get the equivalent qualification before applying for the Bachelor of Science.
- Take the Calculus and Probability Online course, which is the equivalent of VCE Mathematical Methods 3/4. This subject will cover similar material to the VCE subject and will give you a firm foundation for tertiary maths study.
- Take the Senior Mathematics course via UniLearn.
- Take the subject MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics through the Community Access Program (CAP), which lets you take single subjects.
- Commence a Bachelor of Arts and complete the subject MAST10012: Introduction to Mathematics and then apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Science. Transfer is subject to academic grades.
- Commence a Bachelor of Science at another university and complete a subject that’s equivalent to MAST0012: Introduction to Mathematics, then apply to transfer. When you apply to transfer, we’ll take into account all of your academic study
- Do an adult VCE program.
I didn’t study Biology, Chemistry or Physics in Year 12. What should I do?
If you didn’t study a science subject in year 12, there are other ways to meet the prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science:
- Complete subjects through the Community Access Program (CAP):
- Commence another undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne and complete the above Science subjects through breadth
- Commence a Bachelor of Science at another university, complete equivalent subjects, then apply to transfer. When you apply to transfer, we’ll take into account all of your academic study.
- Complete Biology or Chemistry through Unilearn
- Complete the Diploma in General Studies. The 1-year Diploma in General Studies is like a sample of a University of Melbourne Bachelor’s degree. You can gain a recognised diploma qualification that can help you enter the Bachelor of Science, or another degree.
- Do an adult VCE program.
If you scored 25 in both Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics in Year 12, you don’t need to have studied a science subject.
What if I didn't get a high enough score?
If there were special circumstances that affected your Year 12 results, such as financial disadvantage or hardship, or you’re returning as a mature-age student, you may be eligible for a special entry scheme through Access Melbourne. This can help if you didn’t receive a high enough ATAR score
If you didn’t meet the minimum scores in the prerequisite subjects, you would need to take the relevant subjects listed on this page to get the required score.